63 Parks near Bryson City, North Carolina
Aug 2009 - $26.00
This is a very nice, quite campground. The road 2 mile leading in is a little narrow, but there was a Class A motor home there and he was towing a car when he left. I wouldn't call it "Big Rig" friendly, but doable. There are pull trough sites available, but no 50 amp service. There are shady sites, and sites in the sun clear of trees if you have a satellite dish. No cable, no wi-fi, but Verizon cell phone did work. The bath house was very clean, and closed daily from 10:00 till 11:00 for cleaning. The sites may be a little close for some, but everyone was nice, and the campground was very quiet, no road noise. There's not much for children, but a lot of stuff nearby. Breakfast was provided Saturday and Sunday morning, and it's hard to beat good mountain water without any chemicals or chlorine in it. We enjoyed our stay and will go back. - windrider
Jul 2008 - $26.00
WOW!!! What a wonderful place to spend some quality time in the mountains, the owners are fantastic and will go out of their way to help you out. The bathrooms are kept immaculate and there are individual rugs for each camper to take into the shower, this is a really nice touch. Our site was creek side and the kids had a great time playing the crystal clear water (it is ice cold but clear as a bell). The trout pond on site is really nice and they will even clean them for you while you wait. The sites are kind of close together but that wasn't a problem for us, there are plans to add decks to the stream-side sites and when that is done this place will be the ONLY place I will stay when I go to bike the trails of Tsali and kayak the Nantahalla. Do yourself a favor and go see Joe and Caroline at Tumbling Waters. - pat collins
Nov 2007 - $23.00
Joe and Caroline, park owners were great. Very hospitable even during the Thanksgiving Holiday. They were having their time with kids visiting, and the campground was quiet. Trout pond was closed and to be honest, it was a bit too cold to fish. Lows were in the low 20's. Nice, quiet, clean, no frills. Great little stream and a common area under a pavilion with coffee makers, microwave, chairs, fireplace, fridge, etc. It is out not really close to any grocery store, etc but that is what we were looking for. Drive up 28N to Fontana Dam is just beautiful. Alot of site seeing. Fontana about 15 miles, Bryson City about 20 miles and Asheville 65 miles. - FightinIrish
Jul 2016 - $42.00
The reason for low score is because they do not have it on their website or in their rules that you are not allowed in the creek. We found out when we were setting up. If we had known that, we would have chosen one of the many other campgrounds nearby. Also, their website and brochure shows they have wifi, but they do not. Many campers complained about both of those. The campground is nice but not big rig friendly, and sites are really close. The owner is annoying but the camp hosts are great. If you are looking for somewhere to just sit in your camper, this place will be fine. - fireboy7
May 2016 - $42.00
We stayed over Memorial Day Weekend in Site 7. The arrival was good and although some said (in other reviews) the staff member was hard to deal with, he gave the best directions for backing into the site we have ever had. Us and several others. If you do what he says it is smooth and easy. If you don't it took a while. (We watched this once.) He had a very dry sense of humor and was picking on me saying things like we are going to take you right over the boulder scrape a little metal and end up right over the creek. LOL.
The creek was lovely and the sites were clean. One minus for being close together although not as close as we have been at other campgrounds.
As others have said the bathrooms are VERY nice. Clean and modern.
Campers were nice although due to it being a holiday weekend I think there was some sort of music war going on between several campsites. Also our neighbors had a very late night apparently funny conversation with some other campers on the first night at their campfire which carries to our window. This is however NOT the campground's fault. :-)
Very dog friendly although no off leash dog area. I think almost all campsites had some sort of fur baby.
Small shop for essentials. Firewood for sale.
All in all we will probably be back sometime in the not too distant future. - MissAlaineous
May 2016 - $40.00
Very picturesque wooded setting. Not for bigger rigs (we are 30'). Friendly, clean, well maintained, good camp store. Near Hwy 74, but not super convenient. - VATom
Jun 2016 - $59.00
Great place to stay near Bryson City. A little overpriced for the amenities. People drive too fast. Roads are dusty. Sites are small. Staff were personable. Plenty of little people running around. Rafting was great fun for the 6 year old. Full hookups are a plus. Sites are not cleaned after each use. - Phill
Jun 2016 - $49.00
This is a beautiful campground with a babbling, clear lovely creek. Our campsite was feet from the creek and you could hear it rushing by. The management was lovely, and the grocery store was well stocked with delicious ice cream. Great smoky national park is a short hike away, as are beautiful waterfalls. We rented tubes (available right inside the campground) and tubed down Deep Creek right back to our campsite. It was awesome. - Harryswife
Aug 2015 - $40.00
Nice place to stay in Byson City and great tubing on Deep Creek in the National Park. It has been a few years since we stayed her and they have made a few upgrades to the park. The night sky was spectacular and friendly staff made this a nice place to stay. We would stay her again. - DS650
Oct 2015 - $35.00
Chose this campground because of the close proximity to Bryson City. We found the manager to be very nice and extremely helpful. Our site was basically in a field and due to Hurricane Patricia the ground was verrry wet and very unlevel. While trying to get 3 inches of boards under one side we became stuck in the mud. Thankfully the manager had a tractor and was very helpful in getting us out otherwise we would have had to be towed out. The ground was too soft for a heavy 38 foot RV and needed a lot of gravel. I would not recommend camping there in a large RV. The road to the campground is very narrow and winding and only wide enough for one vehicle in places and this seems to be a well used road. With some upgrading to the sites it could be a nice campground for tents or smaller RVs. We felt like the site fee was way too high for what you get. $20.00 would be more appropriate. While the manager was very personable, we would not camp there again. - Aileen
Aug 2013 - $30.00
Stayed for a month. Quiet campground location. Super friendly managers. Close to Bryson City with cute shops and cafes (Cork and Bean was our local place and Mountain Brew has great wraps). Eleven miles from NOC whitewater rafting and kayaking. Five miles to Fontana Lake for fishing and the famous Tsali mountain bike/horse riding trails. Had a blast and would come back if we are in the area again. - h2ocessna
Apr 2016 - $55.00
Very nice level lots with concrete pads and very up to date utilities. This was a very child friendly campground that is clean and very well maintained. - Mountaineer fan
Apr 2016 - $54.00
Came here on a recommendation for fishing with my adult son. It's a nice campground and the staff was very nice, polite, and helpful. Our site was a "back-in"near one of the fishing ponds and we had ample room for our 25 ft. Sprinter rig but my son had to park across our pad in order to stay off the road. Wi-Fi was non-existent at our site and Verizon cell phone reception was minimal at best. I only used electric, which served us well, so I can't comment on the other utilities.
The nearby bath house (we were at Site 47) appeared clean but needed a staffer to keep soap dispensers refilled and to unstoppable a sink.
There appeared to be construction/maintenance work going on so the owner's do want to keep the place in good order. It was really cold and windy during our stay but we will be back.
Also, the rate includes a $3.50/ night resort fee. - KC8RXQ
Oct 2015 - $61.00
This KOA is located on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina side. The park is surrounded by a stream and campsites have great shade with wonderful trees. Our site was a pull-through concrete pad. It was very long and easily accommodated our 38 ft. 5th wheel plus our truck. The pad was very level and the utilities were very accessible. The sites that are along the stream are back in but appear to be level and have good distance from other campers. The staff was very accommodating and worked with us to adjust our reservation without additional charges. The only negative relates to cell phone service. There is no ATT signal available, but that's not the campground's fault. We relied on WiFi, which was strong while we were there. - The Regans
Cherokee, North Carolina (map) | (828) 497-9204
Sites: 375 | Latest Rate: $47.00 | 34 Reviews
Jul 2016 - $47.00
Stayed three nights and rested well each night as everyone seemed to adhere to the quiet time guidelines. Restrooms were a little dated but clean and orderly. Originally, reservations were screwed up at least three times by office personnel who either lacked sufficient training or just were careless. The office managers finally straightened everything up and check in went smooth, just be sure to request a confirmation email and a follow up verbal confirmation several days prior to arrival. Cell service is very weak here, best of luck with calls. Wi Fi was a joke, never connected in the three days here. Excuse was it was just overloaded. Newsflash...maybe its time to upgrade the service, if you advertise WiFi it should be expected to work. We, never the less, had fun in the Cherokee area and met many "interesting" fellow campers. We will return again in the future. - Dickmann05
Jun 2016 - $49.00
We were there through Memorial Day weekend and on through the bluegrass festival, the following weekend. We have been there for many years and it's one of our favourite places to go. Even though the wifi is non existent on busy weeks and the cable is just fair on the best days. The management and 'some' of the workers need some hospitality training, some not friendly at all. One worker who was living near some friends who were playing music on Saturday night of the festival, angrily approached them and cursed them for playing music. The event escalated and he threatened to pull the power plug to their camper. Very unprofessional! My friends will not be back. Most irritating is their reservation policy, they do not allow you a grace period to reserve your same site from year to year. In other words your site can be taken from you. - 5thwheel1949
Jun 2016 - $37.00
The "manager" lied to me and others, stating that a festival promoter was responsible for disallowing year-over-year customers from camping near friends. He cursed at me when his lie was exposed. This arbitrary and unreasonable policy (not practiced by any other festival camp ground we attend) ruins the event, so we will not be returning. We will not be returning while this "management" is in place.
The sites were somewhat cramped. Full hookups are not available in all sites. Navigation roads are narrow but passable. Bath house facilities are some of the cleanest we have found. The convenience store has basic camping supplies and snack food. However, all of these positives are negated by the disrespectful attitude of the "managers". - User1917
Jun 2015 - $96.00
We love this place!! As we were traveling around visiting several locations in NC and TN we didn't bring our RV this time. We rented a cabin, #49 which is a pet friendly cabin that sleeps 4. We did not have a pet but it was so clean, we could not tell there had been any pets staying prior to our visit. Cool, shaded, great little campground. Staff very friendly. - Jerrilyn
May 2015 - $34.00
Indian Creek was a bit of a drive but well worth it. Bath house appeared to be cleaned multiple times each day. Sites were gravel and level and all utilities worked as expected with the exception of a very weak WiFi signal. Compared with other private campgrounds sites were nicely spaced. - Dave F
Oct 2012 - $32.00
Pretty little campground. Nicest site are on the creek. FHU sites aren't on the creek. Owners very nice and very helpful. If you need internet or cell phone reception look elsewhere. There is absolutely no cell phone reception. The internet service provided by the campground was spotty at best. Often it was completely unavailable. sometimes you could get your email very slow but forget about going to any other internet sites. - Mushmouth
Oct 2015 - $51.00
Beautiful setting, adequate space for our 36ft 5th. Long winding paved road to campsite. Friendly staff. No Cell service. Not the fault of the campsite. Good cable. Satellite not an option because of trees.
My main problem was lack of WiFi. Being full timers we depend on internet. When the park was empty, WiFi was horrible. When the park was full it was non existent. - roybrody
Aug 2015 - $29.00
The staff here were very very friendly although check in was slow. We had read internet was slow so asked for a site closest to the internet hot spot and we had very good WiFi where we were placed. Restrooms were generally very clean. Stayed here for 2 nights and there was enough to keep the three kids happy. Color a t-shirt for $8.50, movies each night, candy bingo, pedal karts to hire. Right near very pretty river. Just don't bother walking the Mango Falls track. Bugs, bad trail so could twist ankle, unsafe area to walk through in one patch, nothing to see when you get there. I'd stay again especially with a Passport America discount. - kiwitravelers
May 2015 - $32.00
Getting to, and into this park is a challenge. Big Cove rd is narrow & in bad shape in places with the road bank falling into the river in several locations. The road into the park has those suspension shattering high plastic speed bumps. I wouldn't take my camper in there again even if the camping was free. - Thorfinn
Jul 2016 - $34.00
Level sites, gravel roads and sites. Very quiet campground with lots of things to do. The permanent people are very friendly and invited us to join them in all their activities. Sites available along the river. - esta34950
Jun 2016 - $35.00
We stayed here because it was the closest available to Highlands where we were visiting family.
We asked for a spot along the river which we got (#45) but there was no shade. Also the river was underwhelming. Small, slow moving. There were other sites with much better shade and if we had to do it over again, we would have asked for a spot with the most shade vs. a spot along the river. Wi-Fi worked well as did our phone (AT&T).
There were a lot of long-timers there. It seemed a fair number were there for longer than just the season. Everyone was friendly and we felt safe. Mostly older people. Fairly crowded. They had a schedule of events including bingo, cards, church, etc. We didn't attend any but I thought it was a nice touch. They had a large group room and there were usually older people in there playing cards.
One down side was that it was hard to find someone in the office. It wasn't consistently open during business hours which was frustrating. They did have a nice selection of movies (no charge) which was a bonus. However there was no drop-off box or slot to put the movies in and we didn't want to call the emergency number because it clearly wasn't an emergency.
The bathrooms and showers were impressively clean.
Overall, this was a convenient stop, but next time we'd try something else. If you want to hang out with a pleasant group of older people that like to play cards, bingo, etc. it might be for you. - GearDown
May 2016 - $30.00
This park is a hidden gem. We booked last minute for Memorial Day weekend and were pleasantly surprised. Our initial impression was not good as there are many run down trailers around. But the more transient sites were level pull-throughs and we were joined by several other motorhomes. The park was very quiet and friendly. It is on a pristine river with a brook and area for swimming and canoeing. There is a large pet area. We were 5 minutes from Franklin and shops and restaurants. There are fancier parks in the area but this is a great spot and a bargain. - Bunci